International is a nonprofit conservation organization founded
by Ph.D. ecologists with over 100 years of combined on-the-ground conservation
experience. SELVA's mission addresses the wide-ranging problems we find
at the root of environmental destruction.
destruction happens at the local level- caused by
communities, companies, and governments) who
unsustainably exploit the natural resources we all depend on.
2. Large amounts of money are spent worldwide on conservation programs
that attempt to stop this destruction, but fail.
have documented four reasons for these problems:
Scientific knowledge fails to reach the general public. This means
that most people don't understand the ecological consequences
of their actions.
General scientific knowledge is poorly applied by non-expert conservationists
and resource managers to environmental problems that require site-specific
Conservation projects implemented locally are often run by, and dependent
on, outside entities. This means they are rarely relevant to local
conditions or people.
Projects run by outside organizations are often too expensive and
short-term to be sustainable.
problems are caused by a
gap between resource managers, the public, conservationists,
scientists, and funds directed to conservation
(which rarely reach locally initiated projects). SELVA was created
to fill this gap. We
know that effective
conservation needs to be based in
with SELVA it's simple. As scientists, our
goal is to educate the public about
environmental issues and to
help local people implement their own low-cost,
science-based, sustainable conservation
SELVA acts as a network through which scientists,
resource managers, and
regular people can come together
to preserve our environment.
collaboration on local projects*
provide on-site services in scientific consulting, capacity building,
and project collaboration to help local resource managers strengthen
their abilities to conserve and develop sustainable environments.
Our services help local groups with little access to financial and
technical resources create and implement effective conservation projects
based in science.
• conserve biodiversity, natural habitats, and ecosystem functions.
• promote sustainable use of natural resources.
• are low-cost and self-sustainable.
• are long-term.
support we offer includes collaboration on:
scientific and conservation needs of project.
• ecological research and monitoring.
• project planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.
• capacity building and information-sharing.
• securing long-term funding.
Credits to Offset Carbon Pollution
of Critically Endangered Giant Amazon River Turtles
Go Green Club - Los Angeles Environmental Student Group
are currently designing an online environmental education forum,
where students and the general public will learn about current environmental
issues through a diverse, interactive, and multi-media experience.
are working to create a conservation network with an intelligent,
interactive, online interface that will provide information-sharing
and collaborative services to
all groups working in conservation. The Conservation HUB
will help people worldwide find locally-relevant solutions to
environmental problems that are based in science.
offered are free to at-cost, determined by level of need.